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the mission of grades 1-3

May 16, 2011

While reading The Case Against Homework, this quote grabbed me.
“I have elementary school children coming in who are highly stressed and miserable,” says pediatrician Rochelle Feldman. “They feel like failures at the beginning of school. One of the most important things you need to do for kids is establish school as a great place to be, that learning is fun and they can be successful these. That is actually the main task of the first three grades. So you’re taking a tremendous risk with issues of self-esteem and self-confidence if you make it drudgery instead of fun.” The book is fairly one-sided, but the evidence supports a policy of individualized, developmentally appropriate education.

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  1. Ray Bush permalink
    November 26, 2011 2:44 am

    I do Martial Arts +try to skateboard when I can and a lot of the High school teens don’t have time to come to class cuz their so busy with homework. I think the kids nowadays have more homework to do than when I was in school. Very neat website I stumbled upon on and sounds like he had a good time doing it. Godspeed to you. Have you ever thought about doing another one and visit other skate spots/parks that you didn’t get to go to the last time.

    • Matthew Winkler permalink*
      November 26, 2011 1:39 pm

      Ray,
      Thanks for your note. Yes, I think about it all the time! I would love to do the trip again, but I would include the summer months and spend more time in Wyoming, Utah and Arizona. Thanks for checking out our site!
      Matt

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